Title Spotlight: The Unreal and the Real Vol 1

11 May 2017

Well, it’s been a wonderful ride, but we’re now just about ready to wrap up our month-long celebration of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin. And what better way to do so than with the author’s own favourites . . .

The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by Ursula Le Guin herself, and spans the spectrum of fiction from realism through magical realism, satire, science fiction, surrealism and fantasy.

Volume One, Where on Earth, focuses on Le Guin’s interest in realism and magical realism and includes 18 of her satirical, political and experimental earthbound stories. Highlights include World Fantasy and Hugo Award-winner ‘Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight’, the rarely reprinted satirical short, ‘The Lost Children’, Jupiter Award-winner, ‘The Diary of the Rose’ and the title story of her Pulitzer Prize finalist collection ‘Unlocking the Air’.

It is available as a Gollancz paperback and an SF Gateway eBook and is, needless to say, well worth your attention.

You can find more of Ursula K. LeGuin’s work via her Author page on the Gateway website and read about her in her entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

About Darren Nash

I’m Digital Publisher at Gollancz, responsible for the SF Gateway and SF Masterworks. Digitally, I can be found here, on Twitter at @SFGateway (officially) and @thenashmeister (unofficially). In meat space, I operate from a secret base inside a dormant volcano, on a remote pacific island that – mysteriously – doesn’t appear on any official maps. Possibly.

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